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Old 04-04-2008, 10:18 PM   #11
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Let us know! and let us know how it tastes, too. It's so much fun seeing the beer go from wort to green beer to great beer. I taste it every step of the way.

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Old 04-04-2008, 11:18 PM   #12
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I brewed my first batch on Sunday. It is now Friday and the activity in the airlock has slowed to a bubble every 45 seconds.

When do most people take their hydrometer readings. What helps you determine when it is time to take a reading?

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i think gravity readings are most important...when to go to carboy, when to bottle. i just brewed a batch that i think will be ready to bottle in less than a week. two stage. fermenting like crazy!
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Old 04-05-2008, 07:13 AM   #13
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The gravity reading was 1.012 and the recipes range was 1.010-1.014. So I racked it to the secondary.

I tried out the beer and it was flat and warm, but tasted pretty good. It did seem to have a little bit of a funny taste, but I am guessing that was due to it being green.

On a side note, during the siphon I noticed a few tiny air bubbles in the line. It wasn't a lot, but I am wondering if this is normal. I know aeration would be a bad thing at this point.

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Old 04-06-2008, 01:10 AM   #14
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The bubbles you see can either be air that was in the siphon tube and was trapped, or just CO2 bubbles. Either way, not something to be worried about.

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Old 04-06-2008, 03:34 AM   #15
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My first batch I must have taken 21 readings in the first 36 hours.

Now I take an initial reading and one about 5 days into fermentation, then one while racking to the keg. That's it.

By the way...that first batch was awesome...despite my best efforts to ruin it by muddling about every 3-4 hours.

Don't fear the hydrometer reading.

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